GoWestShore Magazine Sep 2018 E-Edition

In this Issue

Food Preservation

In North America, the most common methods of preserving a harvest are freezing and canning. However, there are numerous old-world alternatives.

Drying is probably one of the simplest ways of preserving foods. Many foods, including apples, tomatoes, grapes, plums, apricots, cherries, bananas and currants, dry well. Stringdried apples are great for snacks and for baking. Peel, core and slice crisp apples. Our apple peeler/corer (EV120) can perform all three operations in about 5 seconds per apple. Thread the apple slices on a string and hang to dry for several days, then store in containers for up to a year.

Building Players for Long-term Success

Westshore Basketball is proud to begin our 13th year of operation; 7th under our current configuration. We pride ourselves on teaching the game of basketball to youth of all ages and abilities. Our proven model of development has contributed to the continued success of Western Communities High School teams with the Belmont Junior and Senior Boys teams finishing 4th at BC Provincials in 2018. Both boys teams had many players who have learned the game through Westshore Basketball. Members of our girls program routinely finish top 3 in Victoria in middle school play and continue this success on high school teams.

Commit to fit!

The Victoria Shamrocks are a franchise that is dedicated to healthy living with a focus nutrition and proper diet. That dedication goes far beyond the action fans actually see on the court: that is, the lifestyle choices Shamrock players make every day and the positive impact their choices have on how they perform. This past Spring, the Shamrocks teamed up with Subway and South Vancouver Island School Districts to launch the ‘Commit to Fit’ program.

On Track to Making a Difference!

Did you know that 90% of Canadians support organ donation, but only 20% are registered? There are currently over 600 people waiting for an organ transplant in British Columbia alone, many of them children. This is something the David Foster Foundation is trying to change!

On July 30 to August 2, 2018, distinguished donors from all over North America gathered at the Villa Eyrie Resort to attend the David Foster Foundation’s ‘Simply Spectacular Experience on Vancouver Island’. In partnership with the GAIN Group, the event raised two million dollars in support of families with children going through the life-saving organ transplant process.

Pop-up Shop at Westshore Town Centre!

Westshore Town Centre is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the West Shore Arts Council and the Coast Collective to bring the West Shore community a unique gallery and gift pop-up shop at Westshore Town Centre.

Together, they have created a space where gifted artists from the Coast Collective can display, showcase and sell their one-of-a-kind works of art to new audiences in the West Shore and beyond. The art works utilize a variety of mediums from photographs, textiles, jewellery, children’s toys, pottery, paintings and more. All will be on display in the pop-up space, ready for purchase and your enjoyment, from July 26 to October 15. Alongside these wonderfully creative works of art, Westshore Town Centre stores have added some of their latest fashion and accessory trends for your browsing pleasure.

U-bicycle Launched in Langford!

U-bicycle North America, Western Canada’s first station-less bicycle-sharing platform, has officially launched in Langford with eight virtual parking zone locations around the City.

This May, U-bicycle placed its first station at Belmont Residences. The property backs onto the Galloping Goose Trail and is biking distance to Langford Lake, regional parks and other convenient amenities, making this U-bicycle station a frequented stop for Langford residents.

The partnership between Belmont Residences and U-bicycle has been a smooth ride. They are sponsoring half of the network (30 bikes) and the other half is sponsored by the City of Langford.

Our Pet Staff Picks for September

With so many options to choose from, selecting the perfect food for your pup can be overwhelming. This month, we thought we would share our staff’s personal favourite dog food picks and what makes them some of our most popular products.

First Class Music Instruction

Meet the Westshore Music Academy team. Whatever Instrument you choose, these talented instructors have you covered. From drums, strings, electronic to voice, and everything in between!

A Time to Remember

The need to say goodbye is a universal human experience.

Through every era and across all cultures, our families, friends and communities commemorate the death of someone special with ceremonies to mark their passing.

Over the years in Canada, this ritual has become a standardized service recognized as the “classic funeral.” This beautiful, traditional format is still the right choice for many families; but today, you can choose a different approach for a more personalized event

An Unexpected Journey to Home Ownership

Sometimes the journey to your perfect home takes more twists and turns than you expected. This was the case for Sharon and Susanne, who worked with the Auxilium Team for over two years to purchase the property they now call home.

Susanne originally approached us knowing that she had to rebuild her credit due to a previous bankruptcy. Susanne worked with a dedicated team member to learn more about what a lender would be looking for when she eventually applied for a mortgage. With the support of periodic check-ins from us to make sure she was on track with her progress – a key feature of Auxilium’s ‘Rent No More’ program – Susanne did the hard work and successfully re-established a strong credit report with a great score.

Low-Maintenance Living at its Finest

You can have it all. Gorgeous interior finishings, fabulous spaces for families to come together to host and entertain, while at the same time providing your own private sanctuary of a spacious master suite.

Unit sizes range from 1,340 to 2,237 sq. ft. Homestyle townhomes include three bedrooms with the possibility of master-on-main, and four bedrooms with dens and rec rooms. Townhome living has never felt so grand!

What is that Food Truck doing at Camosun?

Have you heard? Camosun College has added something new to its ‘Culinary Arts Professional Cook’ program: its first post-secondary student-run food truck went live this summer! As far as we are aware, it’s only the third food truck operated by a college culinary arts program in all of Canada. It’s literally the perfect teaching vehicle (pun absolutely intended!) for our culinary students and a great way to generate keen interest on both Camosun campuses from a variety of departments and subject areas.

Operating a food truck is an obvious learning platform for training professional cooks. Yet, we discovered the food truck is also providing a showcase for a diversity of programs across the college.

Many Hands Make Work Light!

Katie Pinilla started ‘Community Meal Prep’ to create a kitchen community for working moms in the West Shore; something that was fun, affordable and—best of all—stressfree. No kids around. No pressure over what food to make, how to make it, or how long it will take. In just 3 hours, each group produces between 70 and 80 meals per session. Each person takes home up to 10 freezer dinners for their families.
How convenient is that!

Akwaaba! Welcome to Our Home

The City of Langford welcomes a brand new signature restaurant! Chef Castro Boateng, born in Ghana, immigrated with his family to Canada when he was nine years old. After graduating from culinary school in Toronto, Castro worked under European Master Chefs at the prestigious Turnberry Resort in Scotland, followed by The Fairmont Southampton Princess in Bermuda, Chef de Cuisine of Eden, Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta and, most recently, as Executive Chef at the Villa Eyrie Resort. He has lived in the West Shore with his wife and two sons for 11 years.

The Hills are Alive

If you’ve never attended this ‘Light Up the Hills’ family friendly, outdoor festival of light event, this is your chance to make up for lost time! Held after dark, the festival’s illuminated artworks will amaze you as you walk along a designated path and take in spectacular glowing effects, pass by various performances and artworks, using your own hand-made lantern to guide your way. What a fantastic opportunity for you and your family to see, first hand, the astounding creativity of our local West Shore artists, musicians, and performers! It’s free and open to the public, thanks to efforts of the West Shore Arts Council and the Westhills Community.

4 Key Food Trends

Food, glorious food! So many choices and so many ways we can choose to eat! We obsess about ingredients, carbohydrates, sugar content and preservatives for sure; but, in the end, are we more concerned about its impact on our weight than we are about how we are eating or how what we eat is affecting our planet? Current trends certainly suggest that we are. Researchers from the University of Guelph looked at key food issues they believe will continue to dominate food choices and food production in 2018 and beyond.1 I’ve included a few of their findings in this month’s editorial.